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How to Determine Your Architecture Style

by Eden Homes 05/19/2019

There are many factors to consider when buying a home. As a first-time home buyer, you may know some specific features you’re looking for in your new home, but the rest of your preferences might not be in focus yet. In addition to the bedroom, garage, kitchen and yard requirements you’ll be starting to consider the style of home you want to purchase.

When it comes to architecture styles, there are many options from home designs based on classic architecture styles to those with mixed design or new innovative designs. So, how do you figure out your personal architecture preferences? Before you begin your search, you can look online and in architecture and home catalogs to see if any particular style strikes your fancy. Then, in preparation to work with an agent to narrow down your search try visiting homes with different architectural styles to see what you think in person.

While you’re just exploring styles, you don’t need to limit yourself by budget and individual requirements. It might be wise to avoid looking at mansions if you’re a first-time home buyer looking for a starter property, but you can keep it loose with the requirements to get a feel for your preferences. Just take a look at available homes in your area that have upcoming open houses and take a look at the underlying architecture.

So, what are the basic architectural styles you can explore?

Colonial — Quite popular in the northeast colonial style homes use symmetry in their design. Lots of windows flanked by largely structured shutters and white or light-colored siding and red brick. 

Mid-Century Modern — For a more open and simplistic design check out mid-century modern architecture. This style features flat lines, wide, single-story design and big glass windows. 

Craftsman/Bungalow — These homes have square layouts, large front porches with straight or angular columns with a wide base. Big shutters frame sizable windows and interiors feature lots of built-in shelving and molding.

Ranch Style — Originally designed based on rural ranches in the US ranch style homes use single-story and split-level, open floorplans and focus on usability. These homes have easy access to outdoors from many areas of the house and will typically have a garage.

Cape Cod Style — Marked by steep roofs, dormer windows and typically cedar shingles. This style is a North American take on the classic British cottage with more massive fireplaces and chimneys and has white trimmed interiors with crown molding. 

Art Deco / Art Nouveau — A modern style in the 1930s these structures will have flat roofs, are built with rounded corners and balconies and display decorative features on the home’s exterior. 

Contemporary — Referring only to the current architecture of the day. Today this means a sleek appearance both on the interior and exterior: large windows and outdoor garden space and a connection between inside and outside. You’ll see a lot of natural materials and neutral tones used in these homes. 

Mediterranean — You’ll find the Mediterranean style used in small bungalows and large mansion homes. Marked by tiled terracotta roofs, exterior elements like balconies, porticos, and archways this design models the hacienda style.

Tudor — A typical home style, the Tudor style comes from England and uses multi-gabled roofs with a steep pitch. You will find lots of brick and wood ornaments in these homes along with built-in features in the interior. 

These are just a few of the home architecture styles you’re likely to see during your home search. Take a look around at the prevailing styles in your area, mark different styles and features you like and review these along with your other home requirements with a trusted real estate agent. Now you’re ready to dig into your search and find the perfect home.

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About Simone Duhamel

 Simone Duhamel has been working as a Real estate agent since 1996 and has owned and run "Cobra Construction LLC" a builder of fine homes, since 2003.
Her clients come from a wide spectrum of needs and desires.
She has been a member of the Manchester Nashua Board of Realtors since 1996, and has worked diligently to establish good working relationships with a variety of professionals in the industry of home ownership.
 

*Graduate of Buyer Broker School of Real Estate.

*Graduate of Kathy Roosa School of Real Estate for sales and marketing.

*Member of the National Association of Realtor's.

*Bilingual, fluent in German.

*Member of the NNEREN (Northern New England Real Estate Network).

*Servicing from Laconia, to Nashua, east to west.

*Regional Member/Agent for HUD (Housing and Urban development) homes.

*Member of the Greater Manchester Nashua Board of Realtor s.

*On the Goffstown NH Planning board.

*Owner of Alpha and Omega Group since 2009. (Various Home services)

Mrs. Duhamel is a strong believer in Volunteer work and is therefore involved in multiple efforts to help those in need. 

In 2009 she founded "Chains of Freedom", in an effort to abolish modern day slavery/human trafficking.

This is a non-profit organization that diligently works on the funding of missionaries, one of the many organizations we support, is the well known "Salvation Army" that has made such tremendous strides 

for this cause in recent months...however they need continued funding in these efforts and we at "Chains of Freedom" seek to meet that need. 

About Samantha Mulvaney

Samantha Mulvaney acquired her Real Estate License in December of

2010. She is a graduate of Kathy Roosa (New England) School of

Real Estate. She has a strong background in mortgage lending and

financing with experience in the field for over five consecutive

years. Samantha is currently working toward her Bachelors degree

in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University.

She is excited to take on this new endeavor and will strive to

meet her client’s needs.